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11-08-2012, 02:45 PM
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The LA Kings were the 4th youngest team on average age and won the Stanley Cup, with only a mere .3 separation from 26.5 to 26.2 (Leafs) team last season. Age is only a number its the talent level of the players in question that make the difference.

Colorado Avalanche 25.5
Toronto Maple Leafs 26.2
Buffalo Sabres 26.4
Los Angeles Kings 26.5
Nashville Predators 26.6
The "average age" thing is pretty deceptive in general. It's not like the Leafs have a tonne of teenage stars who we can expect to improve massively (like Edmonton), we have a bunch of guys who are around 24-28, but very few truly old players, and honestly 24-28 are the prime years for a lot of guys. The only players who are expected to make the team next year who are currently under 24 are JVR (23) and Gardiner (22), plus maybe Kadri (22) if he makes it. We should be able to count a bit on internal development, but not a lot. Long term we have some great d prospects (Rielly, Percy, Finn, Blacker), but they likely will not be making the team this year.

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